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Free festival of global beats… Turning Tides returns to the Greenwich Peninsula

The capital’s best free festival of global beats, Turning Tides returns to its unrivalled Thames-side location on Greenwich Peninsula on September 23 and 24.

Headliners Afriquoi and Los Bitchos and a host of acclaimed UK and international artists take over the area for a weekend-long party.

The two-days of music are free but numbers are limited so those hoping to get their dancing shoes on are encouraged to book online.

Saturday’s headliner is Afriquoi, an underground sensation bringing an uplifting fusion of African music and live electronics.

Los Bitchos. Picture: Cristina Fisher

The masterful five-piece live show combines Gambian kora, Congolese guitar and Mandinka percussion styles with electronic music drawing on house, garage, disco, soul, and jungle to create something unique.

The beats don’t stop all day on Saturday, with Angolan-Portuguese singer-songwriter Pongo mixing her African, Langan and Zairan roots with EDM, dancehall and melodic pop; UK-based Tertia May stirring souls as she pulls from hip-hop, jazz, soul and pop; eight-piece drum’n’brass band Don’t Problem, from South-east London, who reimagine what a brass band is capable of; and dynamic DJ and Producer duo, Village Cuts, exploring global dance music through the lens of UK club culture.

Sunday’s headliner is Los Bitchos.

Village Cuts. Picture: Village Cuts

The pan-continental four-piece take in a retro-futuristic blend of Peruvian chic, Argentine cumbia, Turkish psyche and surf guitars to make the best new party band on the scene.

Completing the weekend is Baba Ali, the combined force of American musician and performer Baba Doherty and British guitarist Nik Balchin and considered as one of the most electrifying new acts to emerge from the UK; Montreal-based retro-pop quintet, Bon Enfant; innovative sax and drums duo O., whose sound is far bigger than their footprint; and UK based
producer The Busy Twist, joining the dots between Afro, Latin and UK bass music.

Turning Tides stage. Picture: Kris Humphreys Photography

Laura Flanagan, director for Greenwich Peninsula at Knight Dragon, said: “Turning Tides Festival captures the epitome of Greenwich Peninsula. We want visitors and residents to immerse themselves in art and culture in a fun and accessible way.”


Piture: Afriquoi Picture: Afriquoi

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